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New Jersey Truck Accident Lawyer

Truck accidents can leave victims with painful injuries and serious financial struggles. Victims can seek compensation from those responsible. A skilled and knowledgeable truck accident lawyer can make all the difference in recovering compensation from insurance companies and those at fault for your injuries. You need a lawyer who knows how to fight and can go the distance for you in court. The New Jersey truck accident attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC can help you pursue compensation.

This page has been written and edited by a team of experienced legal writers . This page was approved by Managing Partner, Michael Saile who has more than 20 years of legal experience as a personal injury attorney.

This page has been written and edited by a team of experienced legal writers . This page was approved by Managing Partner, Michael Saile who has more than 20 years of legal experience as a personal injury attorney.

Truck accidents often leave victims with serious, life-altering injuries because of the sheer size and weight of the vehicles involved. If you’ve been injured in a New Jersey truck accident, you may suffer financial, physical, and emotional damages. 

You can take action and seek compensation from the responsible parties. However, trucking companies and insurance companies will fight to minimize your recovery. An experienced New Jersey truck accident lawyer from Cordisco & Saile LLC can fight back and give you the best shot at getting a fair result. 

When you contact us, our attorneys will review the facts of your truck accident to identify the parties liable for your injury and the damages you can claim. We can build a compelling claim, negotiate with the insurance company for a fair settlement amount, and pursue compensation through a lawsuit.  

If you need legal help after suffering an injury in a truck accident, our firm is here to fight for you. 

The Proven Record of Success by the New Jersey Truck Accident Attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC

For over 30 years, Cordisco & Saile LLC’s nationally recognized team of attorneys has helped many truck accident victims obtain the compensation they deserve. Our strong record of results and approach to personal injury lawsuits have made us one of the leading personal injury firms in the area. 

Our passion for helping clients has helped us recover millions of dollars for them. For example, our firm negotiated a $10 million settlement for a first responder who was struck by a commercial truck and suffered serious neck and brain injuries.

We work tirelessly for our clients to provide compassionate and aggressive representation. This dedication is reflected in the testimonials from our satisfied clients

More proof of our team’s hard work is the national recognition given to our attorneys by organizations such as Super Lawyers and The National Trial Lawyers. We leverage this reputation into demanding respect for our clients from those liable for their injury. Insurance companies, trucking businesses, and their counsel know our New Jersey truck accident attorneys mean business when we file a claim against them.

Types of Damages Available in New Jersey Truck Accident Cases

Your truck accident injuries may entitle you to pursue compensation for your losses. Your damages may include compensation for economic losses, such as lost wages and medical expenses. You can also recover non-economic damages for losses associated with the negative effects of the injuries on your quality of life, the most common being the pain and suffering you endure because of the injury. 

In some cases, punitive damages may also be available to the New Jersey truck accident victim. These damages are awarded to deter future wrongful acts by the defendant. New Jersey law limits punitive damages to the greater of either five times the defendant’s liability or $350,000. 

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Common Causes of Truck Accidents in New Jersey

New Jersey had 3,772 truck accidents in 2023, with 1,688 resulting in either injury or fatality. A variety of driver behaviors and circumstances can contribute to causing a truck accident. For example, the cause of your New Jersey truck accident could relate to one or more of the following issues: 

  • Distracted driving from the use of a cell phone 
  • Fatigued truck drivers
  • Drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Speeding, tailgating, and other driver behaviors
  • Equipment defects from manufacturing errors or lack of maintenance
  • Poorly trained truck drivers 
  • Reckless driving in bad weather conditions
  • Poor road design or maintenance
  • Imbalanced, unsecured, or overweight cargo loads

Understanding the cause of your truck accident is critical for identifying the parties responsible for your injury. 

Who Can Be a Liable Party in a New Jersey Truck Accident Case

The list of those who may be liable for a New Jersey truck accident typically begins with the drivers involved in the collision. Drivers of trucks and cars owe others on the road a duty to operate their vehicles safely. When they breach this duty, they may cause an accident that results in injuries and other damages. 

Outside of the drivers directly involved, other related parties can share in the liability for your injury. For example, the employer of a commercial truck driver may be vicariously liable in New Jersey, making them responsible for an employee’s negligence. For an employer to be liable, the truck diver must have acted within the scope of their employment when their negligence caused your injury. 

The manufacturer of the truck or its parts, such as brakes and tires, can be held responsible when a defective design or part causes an accident. In addition, the parties that maintained or loaded a truck may also be liable for personal injury if their acts or omissions cause an accident.

Lastly, the government entity that maintains the roadway may be liable if a hazardous road condition causes a truck accident. Such entities may include state, county, or local agencies or departments, depending on the location of the truck accident. 

When multiple parties are at fault for the accident, New Jersey’s comparative negligence law applies, apportioning fault among the parties. You can receive compensation for your injuries if you are no more than 50 percent at fault for the accident. If you are 50 percent or less at fault, you can recover compensation, but your damages will be reduced in proportion to your fault. However, the law does allow an injury victim to recover the full amount of their damages from any party at least 60 percent at fault for the injury.

Steps To Take After a New Jersey Truck Accident

Truck accidents can happen quickly and with little warning. You may experience shock and other emotions that make it difficult to act and process information. The following checklist provides steps to take after a truck accident:

  • If possible, get to a safe location to avoid an additional collision or injury. 
  • Contact the police and other first responders.
  • Gather contact information of the truck driver, others involved in the accident, and witnesses, including name, phone number, licensing details, and insurance coverage.
  • Take photos of the accident, including pictures of the vehicles, road, and other relevant circumstances. 
  • Note other details you cannot capture with a camera, such as descriptions of the drivers or certain road conditions.
  • Look for other witnesses who can account for the events leading up to the truck accident.
  • Seek medical attention immediately to get the necessary treatment and document your injuries. 
  • Contact our New Jersey truck accident attorneys to discuss your legal options. 

Don’t worry if you cannot capture every detail after your truck accident. Our attorneys are experienced investigators who can obtain evidence from third parties to help prove your case. 

Examples of Evidence That Can Be Relevant in Proving Liability for Your Truck Accident Injury

Direct evidence from the truck accident scene can be useful in explaining the events that led to it and proving the fault of others. Examples of this evidence include photos of the vehicles and accident scene, debris, traffic camera footage, and statements from witnesses. The police report and medical records are also key resources to prove fault and establish your damages. 

Documents from government agencies or the truck driver’s employer can also help prove liability. Our lawyers may request documents like the truck driver’s log, driving history, background check results, drug tests, and other records that can establish fault. The truck’s black box data can also help establish facts about the accident, including timing, the driver’s speed, and whether the driver used the brakes. 

Contact Our New Jersey Truck Accident Lawyers Today

Recovering compensation from large insurance and trucking companies can be challenging. You need an experienced lawyer who can build a strong case and navigate the complexities of New Jersey law. 

Our truck accident lawyers welcome the opportunity to take on these challenges in every case for our clients. We never stop fighting for your legal right to compensation after suffering injury due to another party’s wrongful acts. You can contact us online or call 215-642-2335 to schedule a free consultation.

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